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Rapid Credentialing

IRSC Rapid Credentialing is designed to connect unemployed, underemployed and furloughed workers with short-term training in in-demand workforce/career and technical education credentialing and certificate programs.

  • No cost to eligible students—programs fees and books are paid by the grant.
  • Training is fast—some programs can be completed in as little as 8 weeks.
  • IRSC can help with your job search.

Rapid Credentialing at IRSC

If you are looking for a job or wish to sharpen your skills to land a new one, consider IRSC Rapid Credentialing in these in-demand industries:

Technology/energy iconAdvanced Technology

For information about IRSC Rapid Credentialing in Applied Science & Technology, contact Jennifer Neubauer at jneubaue@irsc.edu

The energy industry offers exciting careers in a range of fields from solar, wind, distribution, nuclear and transmission. This program prepares students for these high-paying opportunities. Over the past 10 years, IRSC has placed more than 200 students at firms such as FP&L, Southern Company, Exelon, Entergy and several other industry partners. 

Business iconBusiness Technology

For information about IRSC Rapid Credentialing in Business Technology, contact Alicia Neiman at aneiman@irsc.edu

This program offers additional courses that provide knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the accounting field.  These careers include accounts receivable coordinators, accounts payable coordinators, bookkeepers, credit and collections coordinators, payroll coordinators, accountants, auditors, and other accounting paraprofessionals.

The content of these courses includes the principles, procedures and theories of organizing, analyzing and recording business and financial transactions, and the preparation of accompanying financial records and reports for internal and external users.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the accounting field.  These careers include accounts receivable coordinators, accounts payable coordinators, bookkeepers, credit and collections coordinators, payroll coordinators, accountants, auditors, and other accounting paraprofessionals.

The content of these courses includes the principles, procedures and theories of organizing, analyzing and recording business and financial transactions, and the preparation of accompanying financial records and reports for internal and external users.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in business management and administration. These courses cover competency-based applied learning, higher-order reasoning, problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills and knowledge of all aspects of business management and administration.

Students are also provided with instruction in the areas of planning, organizing, directing and controlling of a business, theories of management, and knowledge for managing people and functions.

This program offers additional courses that provide the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in business management and administration. These courses cover competency-based applied learning, higher-order reasoning, problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of business management and administration.

Students are also provided with instruction in the areas of planning, organizing, directing and controlling of a business, theories of management, and knowledge for managing people and functions.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in marketing, sales and service.  These courses provide technical skill proficiency, competency-based applied learning, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of marketing, sales and service.

The purpose of this program is to teach students the fundamentals of starting and operating a business venture while presenting entrepreneurship as a viable career option.

health science iconHealth Science

For information about IRSC Rapid Credentialing in Phlebotomy and EMT, contact Michelle Cuba at mcuba@irsc.edu. For information about Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide programs, contact Diana Camacho at dcamacho@irsc.edu

Phlebotomists enjoy rewarding careers as vital members of the healthcare team—trained to draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations or research. They also label, sort and record blood specimens; prepare blood smears; and provide comfort to patients during blood draws. Phlebotomists are usually employed at a hospital, clinic, laboratory or healthcare facility. Many are able to set their own schedule.

Phlebotomist earnings generally average around $28,869. Typical pay for phlebotomists is $35,218 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $45,000. (Career Coach)

This program teaches phlebotomy in a clinical setting, including classroom and patient care experiences in laboratory and healthcare facilities.

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) enjoy rewarding careers—helping to save lives in the event of illness or injury in response to emergency calls. They assess injuries, administer emergency medical care and transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

According to Career Coach, compensation for new workers generally starts around $26,997. Typical pay for EMTs and paramedics is $36,083 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $45,065.

The Emergency Medical Technology certificate is awarded to students completing the required 12-credit course of study. The program prepares competent, entry-level emergency medical technicians in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The program meets the requirements set forth in the National EMS Education Standards in State of Florida statutes and administrative code through classroom lecture, skills laboratory, clinical rotations and field internship courses. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) EMT certification exam. Graduates passing the exam will be awarded the Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician credential and will be eligible to apply for licensure with the State of Florida.

Nursing assistants enjoy rewarding careers under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Students are trained to identify and meet basic patient care needs for safety, comfort and daily activities—including feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming and transporting of patients. Nursing assistant graduates seek employment in a hospital, nursing home, physician’s office, clinic, long-term care facility or private home.

Earnings for new nursing assistants generally start around $20,749. Typical pay for nursing assistants is $26,645 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $37,276. (Career Coach)

This program teaches skills for certification and employment as nursing assistants in long-term care facilities. Students learn to identify and meet basic patient needs for safety, comfort and activities of daily living.

Home healthcare entails multiple types of healthcare services entering private residences to support patients' needs.

Earnings for new home health aides generally start around $20,610. Typical pay for home health aides is $23,001 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $38,527. (Career Coach)

In this program, students will be familiarized with the responsibilities of the Home Health Aide, and gain an understanding of basic human needs, personal health, observation, record keeping, nutrition, household management, safety and maintenance of activities of daily living.

industrial education iconIndustrial Education

For information about IRSC Rapid Credentialing in Industrial Education, contact Johnna Wallace at jwallace@irsc.edu

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers; provides technical skill proficiency; and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics career cluster.

According to Career Coach data, earnings for automotive specialty technicians start around $21,420; typical pay is $41,269 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $62,297.

Whether the temperature sizzles or plummets, air-conditioning technicians are always in demand. Build your career by starting with a technical certificate through IRSC Rapid Credentialing.

Earnings for installation, maintenance, and repair helpers generally start around $21,050. Typical pay is $29,255 per year, and highly experienced workers can earn as much as $38,126. (Career Coach)

landscape iconLandscape & Horticulture

For information about IRSC Rapid Credentialing in Landscape & Horticulture, contact Alicia Neiman at aneiman@irsc.edu

Students who complete this certification will gain advanced knowledge suitable for many facets of the landscape and horticulture industry. Upon completion, students will have a strong understanding of horticultural practices, an understanding of soil properties, fertility management and its environmental impacts, insect and disease identification and management, as well as basic business skills.

New landscaping and groundskeeping workers start around $18,908. Typical pay is $27,540 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $46,657. (Career Coach)

Students may increase their opportunities for employment by completing the 12-credit Landscape and Horticulture Specialist Certificate. These courses will prepare the student to enter the green industry workforce or further their knowledge and be eligible for promotion by completing this certification.

New landscaping and groundskeeping workers start around $18,908. Typical pay is $27,540 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $46,657. (Career Coach)

public service education iconPublic Service Education

For information about IRSC Rapid Credentialing in Public Service Education, contact Lisa Lamarre at llamarre@irsc.edu or 772-462-7135.

Corrections Basic Recruit Training prepares students as entry-level corrections officers in the State of Florida. Practical skills and simulated activities complement the classroom instruction. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Certification Examination. This minimum standard class is regulated by Florida Statutes and is a highly structured and disciplined program with special rules, policies and procedures.

According to Career Coach, earnings for new corrections officers start around $27,051; typical pay is $33,555 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $42,412.

Basic Fire Recruit Training is offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. This program meets the minimum educational requirements for an individual to be a certified combat firefighter in the State of Florida. Upon successful completion of this training program, the student is eligible to take the state written and practical examination administered by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Prior to admission, students must complete the Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic training program. A written and practical certification examination is required of all firefighters seeking the career firefighter designation.

Earnings for new municipal firefighters generally start around $31,010. Typical pay is $52,680 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $70,469. (Career Coach)

This program offers a sequence of two courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for careers in the security industry. Upon successful completion of the CJK V132, the student may apply for Class "D" certification as a private security officer in accordance with Florida Statute 493.

According to Career Coach, earnings for security guards start around $21,601; typical pay is $31,680 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $59,017.


* Courses are credit-bearing and may apply toward corresponding Associate in Science degrees. ** Program completers earn their Associate in Science Degree.


The IRSC Rapid Credentialing program is made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Rapid Credentialing grant by the Florida Department of Education.

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